Yemen soldiers killed in suspected Al-Qaeda attack

Yemen militia climb a military vehicle to join members of government troops chasing Al-Qaeda militants near the Saudi border in this file photo. (AFP)
Updated 28 June 2017

Yemen soldiers killed in suspected Al-Qaeda attack

SANAA: Three Yemeni soldiers were killed on Wednesday when suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen opened fire on a military zone in the country’s Hadramawt province, a military source said.
“Three soldiers were killed in the attack on the first military zone in the Al-Qoton district, and the gunmen managed to get away,” the source said, requesting anonymity, as he was not authorized to brief the press.
“We suspect the gunmen belong to Al-Qaeda,” the source added.
Al-Qaeda has flourished in Yemen, as the country’s civil conflict shows no sign of waning.
Extremists of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remain active in the vast region of Hadramawt, where a number of the group’s leaders are based.
The US has intensified its controversial airattacks on AQAP, which it considers the global militant network’s most dangerous branch, since President Donald Trump took office in January.
Yemeni government has for years battled Houthi rebels allied with Iran for control over the country, the most impoverished in the Arab world.
More than 8,000 people have been killed and 40,000 wounded in the Yemen war in 2015, according to the UN’s World Health Organization.


Donald Trump says Erdogan told him he wants northern Syria cease-fire to work

Updated 18 October 2019

Donald Trump says Erdogan told him he wants northern Syria cease-fire to work

  • Trump, in a series of tweets, said he had spoken to Erdogan
  • Call followed Trump letter to Turkish president which drew international criticism

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Friday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had assured him that he wants the “cease-fire” with Kurdish militants in northern Syria to work.
Trump, in a series of tweets, said he had spoken to Erdogan and “he very much wants the cease-fire, or pause, to work.
“Likewise, the Kurds want it, and the ultimate solution, to happen,” the US president said.
“There is good will on both sides & a really good chance for success,” he said. “The US has secured the Oil, & the Daesh Fighters are double secured by Kurds & Turkey.”
Trump also said that “some” European countries, which he did not name, “are now willing, for the first time, to take the (Daesh group) Fighters that came from their nations.”
“This is good news, but should have been done after WE captured them,” he said. “Anyway, big progress being made!!!!“
Trump also tweeted “DEFEAT TERRORISM!” in all capital letters in response to a tweet by Erdogan saying “Mr. President, many more lives will be saved when we defeat terrorism, which is humanity’s arch enemy.”
Earlier Friday, Erdogan warned that Ankara would resume military operations against Kurdish forces in Syria if they did not withdraw from a “safe zone” along the Turkey-Syria border.
Turkey has agreed to suspend its offensive for five days in northern Syria while Kurdish fighters withdraw from the area, after high-stake talks with US Vice President Mike Pence in Ankara.